Python Eats Crocodile Whole After An Epic 5 Hour Battle (Photos)
Australia is known for a lot of wonderful features – the Sydney Opera House, friendly locals and a staggering amount of wildlife that’s waiting to maim, injure or outright kill you. From deadly bees to scary spiders, it would seem that insects top the list of cringe-worthy warnings in the land down under, but there’s one snake that might just make you rethink which creatures post the biggest threat. Thankfully, the olive python is nonvenomous – unlike its lookalike, King Brown, cousins on the island – but that doesn’t mean its harmless, especially if you’re a tasty crocodile.
Yes, you read that right – a crocodile. Those scaly dinosaur-resembling predators that are best known for their gazelle-chomping cameos in nature videos actually fall prey to snakes. We’re not talking a venomous bite, either – remember that these snakes have no venom! This is a shocking twist that you just have to see to believe – watch this jaw-dropping (or is that jaw popping?) event as it unfolds.
Just Another Day
This ten foot long olive python was enjoying the shallow waters of Lake Moondarra Sunday afternoon as it hunts for its dinner. Which more often than not consists of small animals that should be paying better attention to their surroundings.
It Takes Patience
The snake scouted the water for some time until he found this unfortunate croc. The crocodile that made the menu that night was a juvenile saltwater crocodile.
Let The Games Begin!
The epic battle started and ended in the water and lasted a grueling 5 hours, according the eye-witnesses. They also said that it looked like that the crocodile was attempting to keep his head above water at one point in the battle but was not successful.
I Guess Size Doesn’t Matter?
Snakes can eat things MUCH larger than it’s own size. Because this snake is not venomous it kills its prey by constriction. This has many purposes – it not only kills its prey but it also crushes it’s body so the snake is able to eat its meal whole.